Governing Law and Regulations
Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) Division of Water Resources
DNREC Division of Air and Waste Management
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 3
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps)
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires all federal agencies to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) for proposed major actions that significantly affect the environment. Major federal actions may include permits required by the project from federal agencies and federal financing of nonfederal projects. The EIS requirement is the core of NEPA that includes the public in the federal agency decision-making process.
Delaware does not have a state statute similar to NEPA that requires an EIS for state actions that may have a significant impact on the environment. Refer to the national section ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT for additional information.
DNREC requires that applicants for wetlands and sanitary and industrial landfill permits consider the potential environmental impacts of the projects before a permit may be issued.
• Administration and enforcement. The Corps, EPA, or other appropriate federal permitting agency administers and enforces NEPA requirements in Delaware. DNREC evaluates the environmental impacts of proposed wetland projects and sanitary and industrial landfill projects.